In the world of internet music, xarhope seems to be a rather popular name. Xarhope is Samuel Ufus and after several months of emails and a few different albums I am happy to present to you musique pour bande dessinée. When attempting to select a new pandafuzz release rarely am I looking for melodic elements that appeal to me, or even an aesthetic that connects them all. What I am really after is the attraction of something new and in the case of xarhope every album is completely new. One never knows what to expect and one is consistently surprised with the results. While you may not be immediately attracted to the busking free jazz nature of this new xarhope album....I invite you to open your windows....bring in the sounds of the streets or forest....and play this album at a very high volume.
June 23, 2010 Subject:
What music could be
Every time I listen to xarhope, the artist pushes me out of my comfort zone of what music should be to what music could be. Listen to “Carmen” (mp3) from musique pour bande dessinée (Pandafuzz) and tell me that track doesn’t shake you up a bit. xarhope has the ability to expose seemingly exotic settings and lives through the manipulation of field recordings, instruments and electronic music. Trying, but excellent stuff.